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The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-84 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance

The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-84 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance


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The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-84 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance

XJF360231 The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-84 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance. c.1684 (engraving) by English School, (17th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

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Carnival Charles Ii Fayre Festival Frozen Horse And Carriage Restoration Skating Sled Sledge Sleigh Stall Stalls Stuart Costume


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This print captures the enchanting scene of "The Frost Fair of the winter of 1683-84 on the Thames, with Old London Bridge in the Distance". The frozen river serves as a magical playground for both young and old, transforming into a bustling carnival-like atmosphere. In this snapshot from history, we witness an array of activities taking place on the icy surface. A horse-drawn carriage gracefully glides across the frozen expanse while children joyfully ride their sledges and sleighs. People dressed in Stuart costumes mingle among stalls that line the market, offering various goods and treats to eager visitors. The frost fair was a rare occurrence during this time period when extreme cold weather froze over the mighty Thames River. It provided an opportunity for people to come together and indulge in leisurely pursuits amidst nature's whimsical creation. As we gaze at this remarkable engraving, it transports us back to a bygone era when Charles II ruled England during its restoration period. The image not only showcases how people found recreation during harsh winters but also highlights their resilience in adapting to unique circumstances. This print is a testament to human ingenuity and our ability to find joy even in challenging times. It reminds us that throughout history, communities have always sought ways to celebrate life's simple pleasures regardless of external conditions.

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